Golden Tate seems to have spent his last season in Seattle. The 26-yea-old receiver can be a great asset to Gang Green in the passing game, as well as on special teams. New York will be shopping for a No. 2 receiver this offseason and signing the playmaking Tate would be a good move.
Golden Tate will be testing free agency this offseason and he is high on the Jets' radar. Since being drafted by Seattle in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft, he has steadily increased his production. The Notre Dame alum had a season full of career highs in 2013, racking up 898 yards on 64 receptions. He was also a weapon on special teams, returning both punts and kickoffs for over 640 yards. The playmaker only saw the end zone five times last season, but he came close on a 71-yard punt return against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tate is also a valuable person in the locker room and his manner on and off the field has led to much respect from his teammates. There are only two blemishes on his record, the recent one being tagged last season with a fine for taunting and excessive celebration after a touchdown, and the second for a trespassing incident where Tate and a friend snuck into a closed Washington doughnut shop and proceeded to eat the freshly baked goods. Despite his weakness of doughnuts and maple bars, the "Dough Boy" could be a great addition to the non-productive offense in New York.
The team is in dire need of a playmaker that can catch the ball and run after the catch. The Super Bowl champion puts on a show when he is in open space, as he has the agility and elusiveness to make defenders miss. He also has decent size, weighing in over 200-pounds and standing at 5'10". He may not have the height to be a threat in the red zone but he will definitely find a way to score, whether it is on a long ball, run after catch, or on special teams. Tate is very athletic, once playing both baseball and football in college, and uses it to his advantage. He has exceptional speed as well as great hands, which he showed off with his one-handed touchdown reception against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10. Tate is a versatile player who can line up in the backfield, set up wide, and return kicks, similar to New York's Jeremy Kerley.
Tate and Idzik have a history with one another dating back to Jets' GM's days in Seattle. Although he does not have the premier talent that you look for in a No. 1 receiver, he can be a very good No. 2 for Gang Green. Tate can also be used as a kick/punt returner to spark the special teams, and help give the Jets great field position. By bringing in a young receiver like Tate, it will give time for Geno Smith to become comfortable with his new target, which can lead to future success.
If the Green and White can bring in Tate as its No. 2 receiver, then this would be a good move. Adding Tate will immediately aid the Jets in the passing and running game. He is an unselfish player, who can block as well as he catches. His demeanor in the locker room will immediately impact the Jets, providing as a good role model for the very young team. Signing Tate will benefit the Jets in the long run, as long as it is for the right price.